What 5 things does it take to make a great bug out location?

Hello my friend and welcome back! So, what 5 things does it take to make a great bug out location?  Well, there are a lot of factors that need to be considered. In today’s post, we are going to take a look at what they are.  Grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit.

There are many things you need to consider when planning just where to put your bug out location or compound.  These are things you need to seriously consider and take into account when selecting the location you will use.  Maybe you’re buying your land or maybe just leasing it.  Maybe you want it in the mountains, or maybe in the desert or close to a beach.   Where ever you decide to build it, these are the most important factors which determine if you will be able to survive there.

#1.  Is there viable drinking water on the property?  This is the single most important thing to consider when making your decision.  Without water you will die in 3 days and that bottled water you have stored up will eventually run out.  Having a water well, or a spring that runs year round are the best options in my opinion. Why, because rivers and streams can quickly become contaminated and contain disease and viruses.  With no working sanitation, people will flock to the nearest lakes and streams.  Many will use the water for sanitary needs as well as a place to dispose of dead bodies.  Water could become contaminated far up-stream and you would never know it until it was too late.

#2.  Can it be defended from gangs and hordes of hungry zombies?  Is it on a hill or in a valley?  Always take the high ground if you want to survive.  Some people oddly enough think that putting it in a valley where it can’t be seen from the distance is a good idea. There logic is that if it can’t be seen, then it won’t be attacked.  The flaw in this logic is that smoke travels a long distance and all it takes is one person t spot your compound and the secret will be out.  Once people know you are there, they will come and they will try to take what you have. You are a sitting duck in a small valley because you have allowed them to have the high ground.  Not good.  Make sure that whatever site you select, you will have the advantage when you are attacked, and you will be.  Don’t make it easy for them to take what is yours.

#3. Having plenty of wildlife available for hunting.  This is biggie, unless you don’t eat meat.  If you do, then it is imperative that there is good hunting either on your land or adjacent to it.  You don’t want to have to hike 5 miles to find a deer and leave you or your compound vulnerable to attack.  Hard work requires a lot of protein, and the easiest way to get it is by eating meat.  Make sure there is a good variety available because eating just deer will get very boring over time.

#4.  Room to plant and grow crops is an essential for surviving long term at any location.  You need plenty of flat ground to plant crops on.  Be careful of low-lying areas, as they will not work well for growing plants.  Remember you will not just be growing vegetables, but wheat and feed corn for your animals.  There will not be any supermarkets to run to flour or feed for your animals. You will have to grow your own and that takes room.

#5.  Location is critical and should never be over looked.  You want to be well away from populated areas, but not so far that you can’t get to them in an emergency or for bartering in the future.  I read once where someone once said that 5 miles is the maximum you should be.  Personally I don’t agree with that distance.  I think 5 miles should be the minimum for being close to populated areas.  If you have a horse, then 5 miles is nothing and you will need a horse to carry what you barter for anyway.  You want to be close, but not too close if you know what I mean.

Well, those are my 5 things that a bug out location must have to be a great place to survive.  Look at multiple locations and be sure each has these 5 things and then make your decision.  Your life and the lives of those you love will depend on it!  Choose wisely my friend.

Well, that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post.  Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared.  God Save America!

-The Sargent-

4 thoughts on “What 5 things does it take to make a great bug out location?”

  1. I enjoy all the posts this site puts out every day. They are not the pipe dream everything you need to survive fits into an Altoids can fantasy. You spell it out as clearly as you can. The many who wont survive will cause the most problems for the ones who have prepared. It wont be storing or even having enough food and water but protecting what you have. Repairing the damage done by the desperate who have one thought of survival at any cost will be the problem. If you are able to fend off the assault from the multitude and the headlong rush out of the populated areas you will have the dead to contend with. I never see articles that tell us how to dispose of the bodies so they wont contaminate the ground water. Most who are prepared will use ground water sooner or later. How could we tell where the ground water flows and where to bury the dead so it wont cause problems in the water. I would look at which way the wind blows as well for I assume we wont have power equipment to dig holes deep enough to keep the odors down. Disease Will be the silent killer with a disaster where we have no government. I know that government likes to keep records but sometimes it may be useful even with a crisis. Names and who the relatives are somewhere on your person would let someone know what has happened to you if they come looking. If you are buried with no name people would waste time looking for you. Knowing what happened would allow someone to direct efforts elsewhere. This is important with children if they get separated from a parent. The dog tags can be purchased everywhere and are durable and provide a way to keep a record. We look at the many ways to survive with a crisis but I see few who deal with the everyday mundane things that will happen after the crisis. Having a permanent marker they type used by laundry’s would provide identification for the young who cant give information. it would also protect children from the predator who will see opportunity to obtain children for slavery. Having a number and location of the body where it is written would identify the proper relative to the child. Name written the hair would provide a positive Identification. Only a parent would know of it. Even in a crisis we still have people who would seek to profit from others misery. I hope I gave others additional ways to deal with some small problems and prevent them from becoming big ones.

    • Really good information! Thank you for adding it! Your correct, and I will start addressing some of the more mundane issues of surviving SHTF.

  2. Sounds sound!!! Lol water,food,fuel/wood,defence is what you make it, I remember the death wish movie with Charles Bronson, and the burglar trying to get in and leaving his 2 front teeth stuck in a board. Lol


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